The labour inspection blog_#LIB
A research, study and learning platform about labour standards, workers’ rights and how these are enforced in the global economy…
Labour standards are industrial human rights and influence all aspects of individuals’ working lives from pay and wages, working time, health and safety to non-discrimination and equal opportunity. Workers’ rights also extend to collective rights such as union representation and collective bargaining. Labour standards protect, empower, and promote those who work in the workplace and beyond, also by placing restrictions on what is tolerable, for example by prohibiting child and forced labour.
Yet, severe labour standard violations occur repeatedly in various industries and sectors within many countries and are part and parcel of numerous cross-border supply chains and production networks. Large parts of today’s supply chains for goods and services collapsed if labour standard violations were sanctioned by effective restrictions. This holds for products and services we consume or use everyday such as smartphones, fashion items, online book ordering or the purchase of a chocolate bar in your local supermarket.
Despite many national and international initiatives of single legislating bodies, international organizations, trade unions, civil society organizations, corporations and engaged individuals, labour standard violations have proven to be persistent for decades. Indicative of exploitative work and employment conditions, for individual workers this situation brings along tragic injuries and deathly incidences. Labour standard violations also kill slowly by worsening living conditions, shortening life expectancy, and reducing life chances of millions of workers across the globe. Of course, labour standard violations also have wider repercussions for societies such as political conflict, social disintegration, and a weakening of responses to future challenges such as climate change.
Ongoing labour standard violations result from an organized irresponsibility that tolerates a huge gap between rule making and the enactment, implementation, and enforcement of these rules. That’s why the #LIB_Labour Inspection Blog aims at collecting and spreading the already existing academic knowledge about this social problem, but also wants to support those who identify, create, and realize solutions in practice. For this purpose, the #LIB defines “labour inspection” broadly as those labour politics with the goal to end labour standard violations. If you can subscribe to these goals, you are welcome to contribute your own views, topics, and ideas.